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Labor Day is September 7 - NO SCHOOL

September is Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
September 3 - Thursday
09:30 AM - Reflections Class Rep meeting
September 4 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 7 - Monday
Labor Day - No School
September 10 - Thursday
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
September 11 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
September 14 - Monday
Kindergarten HTHT Chem Fun - Corley (8:15-9:45am), Eden (10-11:30am), Farmer (12:30 - 2:00 pm)
September 15 - Tuesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
Kindergarten HTHT Chem Fun - Baker (8:15-9:45am), Campbell (10-11:30am), Baublitz (12:30-2pm)
06:00 PM - Challenge Orientation
07:00 PM - General PTA Meeting
September 16 - Wednesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
Kindergarten HTHT Chem Fun - Wilson (8:15-9:45am), Bouldin (10-11:30am)
5th Grade - GA Power (in science lab) - Jones (10:30-11:30am), Sublett (11:45-12:45am)
3rd Grade - HTHT Georgia-ology - Quigley (8:15-9:45am), Dowell (10-11:30am), Larkin (12:30-2pm)
09:30 AM - 2nd Grade Field Trip
September 17 - Thursday
New Parent Coffee
BoxTops collection
Hispanic Heritage Month
5th Grade - GA Power (in science lab) Abromitis/Riley (10:30-11:30am), Johnson/Payne (11:45-12:45pm)
3rd Grade - HTHT Georgia-ology - Barker (8:15-9:45am), Jones (10-11:30am), Treutel (12:30-2pm)
September 18 - Friday
Hispanic Heritage Month
3rd Grade - HTHT Georgia-ology - Rawls (10-11:30am), Piacentino (12:30-2pm)
2nd Grade Social
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 19 - Saturday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 20 - Sunday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 21 - Monday
Hispanic Heritage Month
1st Grade - HTHT Magnet Makers - Chin (8-9:20am), White (9:30-10:45am), Twiggs (12:30-2pm)
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
03:30 PM - Local School Council Meeting
September 22 - Tuesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
1st Grade - HTHT Magnet Makers - Champion (8-9:20am), O'Meara (9:30-10:45am), Culbertson (12:30-2pm)
September 23 - Wednesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
1st Grade - HTHT Magnet Makers - Boydston (8-9:20am), Gray (9:30-10:45am)
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
September 24 - Thursday
Hispanic Heritage Month
5th Grade - HTHT Cell E Brate - Payne (8:30-10am), Jones (10:15-11:45am), Johnson (12:30-2pm)
September 25 - Friday
Spirit Day - wear your favorite cap!
Hispanic Heritage Month
5th Grade - HTHT Cell E Brate - Sublett (8:30-10am), Abromitis (10:15-11:45am), Riley (12:30-2pm)
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
September 26 - Saturday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 27 - Sunday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 28 - Monday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 29 - Tuesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 30 - Wednesday
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 1 - Thursday
Hispanic Heritage Month
10:00 AM - K Field Trip
October 2 - Friday
Hispanic Heritage Month
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 3 - Saturday
Hispanic Heritage Month
Binders Workshops - Reflections
October 4 - Sunday
Hispanic Heritage Month
Binders Workshops - Reflections
01:00 PM - SRS Work Day ? clean up campus
October 5 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
09:30 AM - 2nd Grade Field Trip
October 6 - Tuesday
Fall Picture Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 7 - Wednesday
Walk to School Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
October 8 - Thursday
Fall Break
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 9 - Friday
Fall Break
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 10 - Saturday
Fall Break
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 11 - Sunday
Fall Break
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 12 - Monday
Fall Break
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 13 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 14 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
09:30 AM - 5th Grade Field Trip
October 15 - Thursday
Reflections Due date
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Hispanic Heritage Month
October 16 - Friday
Reflections Judging
Parent-Teacher Conferences
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 19 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
09:30 AM - 5th Grade Field Trip
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
October 20 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
09:30 AM - 5th Grade Field Trip
October 21 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
09:30 AM - 5th Grade Field Trip
October 22 - Thursday
Reflections Awards Ceremony
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 23 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
October 24 - Saturday
Fall Festival
October 26 - Monday
Red Ribbon Week
October 27 - Tuesday
Red Ribbon Week
October 28 - Wednesday
Red Ribbon Week
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
October 29 - Thursday
Red Ribbon Week
October 30 - Friday
Spirit Day - wear orange & black
Red Ribbon Week
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
November 4 - Wednesday
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
November 6 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 11 - Wednesday
Picture Re-take day
November 12 - Thursday
BoxTops Collection
10:30 AM - 3rd Grade - Tattling Tales - Paul Revere - 10:30am (for all 3rd Grade classes)
November 13 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
10:00 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
November 16 - Monday
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
November 20 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 23 - Monday
Thanksgiving Week
November 24 - Tuesday
Thanksgiving Week
November 25 - Wednesday
Thanksgiving Week
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
November 26 - Thursday
Thanksgiving Week
November 27 - Friday
Thanksgiving Week
December 2 - Wednesday
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
December 4 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 8 - Tuesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
06:30 PM - BETA induction
December 9 - Wednesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
December 11 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
09:30 AM - 2nd Grade Field Trip
December 15 - Tuesday
09:30 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
December 16 - Wednesday
09:30 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
December 18 - Friday
Holiday parties
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 21 - Monday
Holiday Break
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
December 22 - Tuesday
Holiday Break
December 23 - Wednesday
Holiday Break
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
December 24 - Thursday
Holiday Break
December 25 - Friday
Holiday Break
December 26 - Saturday
Holiday Break
December 27 - Sunday
Holiday Break
December 28 - Monday
Holiday Break
December 29 - Tuesday
Holiday Break
December 30 - Wednesday
Holiday Break
December 31 - Thursday
Holiday Break
January 1 - Friday
Holiday Break
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 2 - Saturday
Holiday Break
January 3 - Sunday
Holiday Break
January 4 - Monday
Holiday Break
January 5 - Tuesday
Holiday Break
January 6 - Wednesday
Back to School
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
January 8 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
January 11 - Monday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
03:30 PM - local school council meeting
January 12 - Tuesday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - General PTA meeting (elect Nominating Committee
January 14 - Thursday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 15 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 18 - Monday
MLK day - No School
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
January 20 - Wednesday
3rd Grade - Georgia Power - Dowell/Quigley (10-11am), Larkin/Piacentino (11:10am-12:10pm)
09:30 AM - Prospective Parents Meeting
January 21 - Thursday
Read-a-Thon
3rd Grade - Georgia Power - Treutel/Jones (10-11am), Barker/Rawls (11:10-12:10pm)
5th Grade - HTHT Edison's Workshop - Riley (8:30-10am), Jones (10:15-11:45am), Johnson (12:30-2pm)
January 22 - Friday
Read-a-Thon
5th Grade - HTHT Edison's Workshop Sublett (8:30-10am), Abromitis (10:15-11:45am), Payne (12:30-2pm)
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
January 23 - Saturday
Read-a-Thon
Barnes & Noble
January 24 - Sunday
Read-a-Thon
January 25 - Monday
Read-a-Thon
January 26 - Tuesday
Read-a-Thon
January 27 - Wednesday
Read-a-Thon
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
January 28 - Thursday
Read-a-Thon
January 29 - Friday
Read-a-Thon
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
January 30 - Saturday
Read-a-Thon
January 31 - Sunday
Read-a-Thon
February 1 - Monday
Read-a-Thon
Black History Month
February 2 - Tuesday
Read-a-Thon
Black History Month
February 3 - Wednesday
Read-a-Thon
PTA & SSEF Board nominations due
Black History Month
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
February 4 - Thursday
Read-a-Thon
Black History Month
February 5 - Friday
Black History Month
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
06:30 PM - Bingo night
February 6 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 7 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 8 - Monday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
Chinese New Year
February 9 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Wednesday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Thursday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 12 - Friday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
February 13 - Saturday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 14 - Sunday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 15 - Monday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
February 16 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Wednesday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course - Anderson (8:30-10am), Ovbey (10:15-11:45am), Macken (12:30-2pm)
February 18 - Thursday
Black History Month
BoxTops collection
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course - Frank (8:30-10am), Landes (10:15-11:45am), Redding (12:30-2pm)
5th Grade - Anne Frank Exhibit Abromitis/Sublet (8:30-10am), Jones/Payne (10:15-11:45am), Johnson/
10:30 AM - 3rd Grade - Tattling Tales - Eleanor Roosevelt - Assembly for all classes (10:30am?)
February 19 - Friday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course - Cecil (8:30-10am), Peake (10:15-11:45am), Dunn (12:30-2pm)
5th Grade - Anne Frank Assembly (all classes) - Assembly for all classes (Time TBD)
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 20 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 21 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 22 - Monday
Black History Month
February 23 - Tuesday
Black History Month
February 24 - Wednesday
Black History Month
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
February 25 - Thursday
Black History Month
February 26 - Friday
Black History Month
RAT Hawks night
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
February 27 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 28 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 29 - Monday
Black History Month
March 2 - Wednesday
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
March 4 - Friday
Taste of Sarah Smith
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 7 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration Last Names begining with A-E
11:00 AM - K Field Trip
March 8 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begining with F-M
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 9 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begininning with N-T
March 10 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names beginning with U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica - Payne (8:30-10am), Riley (10:15-11:45am), Johnson (12:30-2pm)
March 11 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Registration - for anyone unable to attend on their designated day
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica Sublett (8:30-10am), Jones (10:15-11:45am), Abromitis (12:30-2pm
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 18 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 21 - Monday
Spring Conferences
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
March 22 - Tuesday
PTA General meeting (vote on next year's slate)
Spring Conferences
March 23 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils - Treutel (8:15-9:45am), Dowell (10-11:30am), Larkin (12:30-2pm)
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
March 24 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils - Jones (8:15-9:45am), Quigley (10-11:30am), Barker (12:30-2pm)
March 25 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils - Rawls (10-11:30am), Piacentino (12:30-2pm)
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
March 28 - Monday
Spring Conferences
March 29 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll - Baker (8:15-9:45am), Farmer (10-11:30am), Eden (12:30-2pm)
March 30 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll - Bouldin (8:15-9:45am), Wilson (10-11:30am), Corley (12:30-2pm)
March 31 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll - Baublitz (8:15-9:45am), Campbell (10-11:30am)
April 1 - Friday
Spring Conferences
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
April 4 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 5 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 6 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
April 11 - Monday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not - Chin (8-9:20am), White (9:30-10:45am), Twiggs (12:30-2pm)
April 12 - Tuesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not - Champion (8-9:20am), O'Meara (9:30-10:45am), Culbertson (12:30-2pm)
April 13 - Wednesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not - Boydston (8-9:20am), Gray (9:30-10:45am)
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
April 15 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 18 - Monday
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
April 20 - Wednesday
2nd - HTHT Space - Dunn (8:30-10am), Landes (10:15-11:45am), Cecil (12:30-2pm)
April 21 - Thursday
2nd - HTHT Space - Peake (8:30-10am), Macken (10:15-11:45am), Ovbey (12:30-2pm)
April 22 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-up
2nd - HTHT Space - Redding (8:30-10am), Frank (10:15-11:45am), Anderson (12:30-2pm)
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
April 27 - Wednesday
09:30 AM - K Field Trip
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
April 28 - Thursday
09:30 AM - K Field Trip
April 29 - Friday
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 2 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 3 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 4 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
May 5 - Thursday
BoxTops Collection
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 6 - Friday
School Council: Deadline for parents Intent to Serve
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 12 - Thursday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
May 13 - Friday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 16 - Monday
International Travelers Week
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
May 17 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
May 18 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 19 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
May 20 - Friday
International Travelers Week
07:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 24 - Tuesday
Honors Ceremony
May 25 - Wednesday
End of year parties
Last day of School!!
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting

August 24, 2015

Hello Sarah Smith Community -  

Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year!  I truly appreciate all of the support and help being given by our parent community who has stepped in to help anywhere the need has arisen…from bus transportation needs to assisting with facility and grounds improvements, to providing teachers with much needed classroom supplies.
   

I hope you found the grade level orientation sessions beneficial.  These were designed to better inform you of what to expect with your child’s new teacher and grade level.  Please remember to support the PTA and the Sarah Smith Education Foundation; your children benefit tremendously from the efforts of these two organizations.

A very special  welcome to Mr. Donnovant Dahunsi as he serves in the position of Assistant Principal at the Intermediate Campus of Sarah Smith.  Mr. Dahunsi comes to us from Grove Park Elementary where he served as Assistant Principal for three years.  Prior to that he worked as a math teacher at Sutton Middle School. 

Our current student enrollment is 1,098; 17 fewer students than last year.  We ended the 2014-2015 school year with 1,115 students. 

Renewed Focus on Early Literacy Instruction –

During post-planning in May 2015 and during the summer (June), a number of teachers participated in Early Literacy, Phonics and Orton-Gillingham training.  This training is renewing our efforts to ensure that every child has a teacher with the skills and knowledge to ensure that they are productive readers by the time they enter third grade.  The Sarah Smith Education Foundation (SSEF) funded all of this training for teachers.  Training sessions will continue to be offered throughout the school year and into next summer.

Math Exemplars

Exemplars performance material provides teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing problem-solving and communication skills.  The open-ended material engages students and helps them to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. The problem solving approach is being implemented school-wide.  The steps include the following…

  • UNDERSTAND the problem
    • Underline the question
    • Locate the important information
    • Form “I have to…” statement
  • THINK of the plan for solving
    • Choose the strategy
    • Make the plan
    • Form “I will…” statement
  • SOLVE the problem
    • Use the strategy
    • Check the plan
  • COMMUNICATE the solution
    • Organize the solution
    • Explain the plan
    • Create a representation
    • Use mathematical language
    • Label and review the solution
    • Show the answer
  • MAKE a connection
    • Observation
    • Pattern
    • Comparison
    • Rule
    • Hypothesis
    • Different strategy
    • Different solution

Teachers received training on the implementation of the problem-solving approach during the 2014-15 school year.  Newly hired teachers will participate in training in September.  We are excited about how this will increase students’ knowledge of problem-solving through a methodological approach.  Again, this is funded through the generosity of the SSEF.

Update on the Installation of Artificial Turf for the Playground at the Primary Campus –

PTA board members and school administrators have been working diligently with Atlanta Public Schools and the City of Atlanta to finalize requirements and permitting for the installation of the playground turf.  Permitting is still in process; it is anticipated that this phase will be completed by the end of August.  Installation will be scheduled as soon as possible following the required approvals. 

Staff Feature –

 

Each month two staff members are randomly selected and profiled in “The Anchor.”  This gives you an opportunity to know a little bit about the wonderful faculty and staff members working with your children every day. 

LaTrenda Willis – ESOL Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Brooklyn, New York

Education – BS in Elementary Education, Broadcast Communications for Radio and Television and Georgia Master Teacher Certification

Hobbies, Family, Interests – Traveling, reading and watching professional golf

Claim to Fame – Master Teacher Certification in Georgia, Taught by Tom Brokaw (Journalism) and Christine King-Farris (Reading for Elementary Teachers)

Favorite Quote – “Never judge a book by its cover.”

 

Neil Thompson - Music Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Cairo, Georgia

Education – Bachelors of Music from Belmont University and Masters of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University

Personal:  Middle child in a family of three boys, grew up in Jacksonville, FL, plays the trumpet and piano, enjoys traveling

Claim to Fame – Prior to college, Mr. Thompson was allowed to live and do volunteer work through the Republic of South Africa…a great year

Favorite Quote – “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Your Principal,

Ken Proctor, Ed.D.